Sunday, November 2, 2008

We only made it out for one night of 'camping' this week, and it was even on a 'school' night, and I was 'on call' for whatever emergencies might develop in the area.

But, the weather was nice, the 5er was just sitting in the driveway - waiting.
Harley and I chatted about it as I fed him his supper and the decision was made!

I had to go out and disconnect the solar panels, which are still in the testing phase, which means they are sitting on the ground, propped up against the hitch. They had not been performing that well and I suspected the wire I had used to connect the controller to the batteries was too small. I put some heavy guage wire on, and there was a marked improvement. Ten times the current resulted when the sun was shining.
Anyway, I had to remove them to move, and I had to throw the 5th hitch back into the rear of the pickup. I threw in a few more essentials for the big trip (next time remember some utensils. Any utensils!) In less than an hour from the decision being made, we were on the road.This is the scenery that blocks the views around here!

We couldn't really consider it a RoadTrip, as it was only about 5km to the campground, but it took at least 8-10 minutes!
We didn't get any calls that night, but I worked the next morning, so we broke camp in the dark and drove all the way home before daybreak. Backing the rig into the driveway in the dark with fogged-up, rain spattered mirrors was a challenge, but there were no misfortunes :)
And no photos because it was dark!

It's been a beautiful, warm fall.
I'm sure it will end soon :( But we sure are enjoying it while it lasts!
I was shopping for a propane hose to connect the bbq to the line just under the edge of the rig, so I took some pics to make sure I got the right type of hose.
Lucky I did, because there was one that was very close, but would not have fit.
One of my neighbors purchased an acreage west of here in the Golden area of British Columbia.
To provide a base of operations until they can build on the land, they bought a 'previously enjoyed' trailer to park on the land. Their truck was not quite up to the job of pulling it, so the big GMC got to lend a hand.It's an area with a nice view, but the driveway was steep enough that I had to drop it into 4 wheel drive to keep from spinning out.
Shortly, the trailer was parked, winterized, and tarped up for the winter.

The truck finally asked for it's first oil change after almost 15,000km, so I took it in and paid $166 for the job - it sounds like a lot, but it included a new transmission fluid filter as well that needs to be changed at the first oil change. This truck e-mails me once a month to let me know how it's feeling, and if it's tires need more air, or when the fuel filter is due for replacement.

A reader in Florida sent me gift recently! I had been telling him about my experiences with Harley on the road, and he gave me a copy of Andy Baird's Eureka 2 - Bright ideas for your RV

which is just packed with good ideas, projects and advice for making the most of your RV. Thanks Bob. There is just tons of information for new, experienced, or even full-time RV'ers.
I recommend it.

You will also notice a new feature on the blog since the last post. Along the right hand side there is now a 'real-time' list of visitors to the blog. It is a 'beta' project, but if it works, the top entry should be - yours!

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